Lately, I’m not in a position to be traveling as much as I used to like to do. As I mentioned before, one of my favorite things about traveling is sampling the local cuisine. The idea behind “Try the World” is that every other month, their team of travelers and local experts curate each box with products they feel best represent that box’s location theme, so it’s pretty fun for this to arrive at my doorstep in the absence of my travels!
The theme for this month’s box is “Japan” which is one of the places on my “travel bucket list”, so obviously I was pretty excited for this box!
Try the World ships to both the USA and Canada and once again the box was really heavy when it arrived which for some reason makes it more fun for me to open!
Try the World comes with an information card, detailing the products in the box, along with a culture guide. The culture guide for Japan contains a “How to use this box” guide with suggestions to host a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and “Enjoy a Make-Your-Own Okonomiyaki Dinner Date”. It gives recipe suggestions for both and even has Spotify playlist suggestions!
AOI Tea: Blueberry Matcha Tea– I’m not very educated about tea, but the information card says that matcha tea is known as the finest green tea in the world and that it’s also an energy and concentration booster. I’m definitely curious to try it out. I think I’m going to pause typing and throw some in my blender with some ice to froth it up. It’s hot outside and I could use a cool treat while I finish this post.
Otafuku Foods: Okonomiyaki Kit– This is a kit to make Okonomiyaki which is an omelette-like pancake made with savory toppings such as bacon. There’s a recipe in the culture guide and it looks really interesting and good! I think I might make this with the girls… I have most of the ingredients minus the Okonmiyaki sauce, but this month’s box comes with Ponzu sauce, so I wonder if that would be fine? I don’t really know what I’m doing here. I will Google!
Morinaga: Milk Caramels– These are a traditional Japanese caramel that are similar to butterscotch. The information card says that those born in the ’40’s and 50’s are especially nostalgic about it.
Takaokaya: Seaweed Snack– The consistency is dry and like paper and crinkly. It’s wild seaweed from the ocean, dried out and you can just eat these sheets straight out of the bag or crumble them over rice. I tried one straight out of the bag, but otherwise, I think crumbled over rice is the way I’d rather go. They’re not very appealing to me on their own.
Wadakan: Amami Ponzu Sauce– This is a citrus based sauce that’s mixed with vinegar and soy sauce and can be used for dipping, pouring over grilled meat or you can use it as a salad dressing, too!
Ishiguro: Yamaimo Soba Noodles- So, I have to decide what to make with these. It is HOT outside, so I could make them into a cold dish dressed with the above Ponzu sauce.
Kasugai: Gummy Candies– These are Lychee flavored and I could probably eat so many of these I’d get sick. So I’ll eat two and set them aside… for now. They’re reeeeally good!
Try the World is $39 and you receive a box every 60 days. You can sign up here if you like!
So this was what was in my Try the World this month… what do you think? I think everything in here is definitely something that I’ll be eating. I’ve already started!
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